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Mahendra Singh Dhoni (born 7 July 1981), age 42yr (age of 2023), popularly known as MS Dhoni, is an Indian former cricketer who captained the Indian national team. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India to Pan Singh and Devaki Devi. MSD besically belongs to indian state Uttarakhand’s small Lwali Village, Jainti district Almora. His father worked as a junior manager in MECON Colony situated in Doranda area in Ranchi. Dhoni excelled in school sports, particularly badminton and football. He was also the goalkeeper of his school football team.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most famous cricketer of India. MS Dhoni is also known as “Captain Cool”. Dhoni is one of India’s most beloved and successful cricketers. Dhoni is considered one of the greatest captains in cricket history and has won many awards throughout his career. Dhoni has not only led India to many victories but has also earned respect for his calm nature, tactical skills and leadership qualities.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain of the Indian national team from 2007 to 2017 and as a wicketkeeper-batsman in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. MS Dhoni is currently the captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the ICC World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and the Asia Cup in 2010 and 2016. He led the Indian team to the number one position in the ICC Test rankings for the first time in 2009. .Dhoni was not only a successful captain but also a skilled wicketkeeper and batsman. He has scored over 10,000 runs in ODIs and is considered one of the best finishers in the limited overs format.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Family

Dhoni’s Parents: Pan Singh and Devaki Devi

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s father, Pan Singh, worked as a manager in Mecon, a public sector company. Dhoni’s mother, Devaki Devi, was a homemaker. Both parents played a significant role in shaping Dhoni’s cricketing ambitions and instilled in him the values of hard work and discipline.

Dhoni’s Siblings: Narendra Singh Dhoni and Jayanti Gupta

Dhoni has two elder siblings: a brother, Narendra Singh Dhoni, and a sister, Jayanti Gupta. While Narendra Singh has chosen to stay away from the limelight, Jayanti Gupta has been a constant presence in Dhoni’s life, providing him with unwavering support and guidance.

Dhoni’s Wife: Sakshi Singh Rawat

Mahendra Singh Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat on July 4, 2010. Sakshi is a successful entrepreneur and has been a pillar of strength for Dhoni throughout his career. She has been credited with helping him maintain his focus and balance his personal and professional life.

Dhoni’s Daughter: Ziva Dhoni

Dhoni and Sakshi welcomed their daughter, Ziva Dhoni, on February 6, 2015 (8 yrs). Ziva has become the apple of her father’s eye, and he often takes time off from his cricketing commitments to spend time with her.

Mahi’s Detailed Biography

Real Name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Nick Name Mahi, MS, Dhoni, MSD, Thala
Profession Cricketer (Wicket-Keeper)
Date of Birth 7 July, 1981 Ranchi, Bihar (Present day in Jharkhand)
Birth Place Ranchi, Jharkhand
Home Town Lwali Village, Jainti, Almora, Uttarakhand (His paternal village)
Personal Life
Full Name Mahendra Singh Pansingh Dhoni
Age (As 2023) 42 Year
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Nationality Indian
School DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand
College St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi, Jharkhand
Qualification College Dropout
Religion Hindu
Caste Rajput
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Address Harmu Housing Colony, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Hobbies Biking, Playing Football, Tennis & Swimming
Relationship & Marriage
Girlfriends Priyanka Jha (Died in 2002 in car accident) & Lakshmi Rai (South Actress)
Marriage Sakshi Singh Rawat (Sakshi Dhoni)
Marriage Date 4 July, 2010
Wife/Spouse Sakshi Dhoni
Children Daughter – Ziva Dhoni (8 yr as of 2023)
Parents Father – Pan Singh (Junior Management positions in MECON) Mother – Devki Devi (House Wife)
Siblings Brother – Narendra Singh Dhoni (Elder Politician) Sister – Jayanti Gupta (Elder)
Favorite Things
Cricketers Batsman – Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist
Bowlers – Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee
Ground Lord’s Cricket Ground, London & Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG), Melbourne
Food Chicken Tikka Pizza, Kebabs, Chicken Butter Masala, Sonpapadi, Yellow Dal, Rasgulla & Gulab Jamun
Football Player Cristiano Ronaldo
Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham
Actress Angelina Jolie, Deepika Padukone
Film Agneepath, Sholay
Singer Kishore Kumar
Color Blue & Black
Destination Sri Lanka, Goa
Car Hummer H2 – 75 Lakh | Audi Q7 – 66 Lakh | Mitsubishi Pajero SFX – 22 Lakh | Land Rover Freelander 2 – 43 Lakh | Mahindra Scorpio – 10 Lakh | Ferrari 599 GTO – 1.39 Cr | Jeep Grand Cherokee Track hawk – 1.12 Cr | Nissan Jonga – 6 Lakh | Pontiac Firebird Trans am – 68 Lakh | Mercedes Benz GLE – 78 Lakh | Rolls Royce Silver Shadow – 75 Lakh | Hindustan Motors Ambassador – 4 Lakh
Bike Kawasaki Ninja H2 – 34 Lakh | Confederate X132 Hellcat – 47 Lakh | Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R – 19 Lakh | Harley Davidson FatBoy – 17 Lakh | Ducati 1098 – 25-30 Lakh | Yamaha RD350 – 30 thousand | Yamaha Rajdoot – 80 thousand | Suzuki Shogun – 0.18 Lakh | Yamaha Thundercat – 15 Lakh | BSA Goldstar – Unknown | Norton Jubilee 250 – 3 Lakh | TVS Apache RR 310 – 2-3 Lakh
Physical State
Height In Feet – 5’11 In Meters – 1.8 m In CM – 1.80 cm
Weight In Kg – 78kg In Pounds – 172 lbs.
Body Measurements Chest – 42 inches, Waist – 32 inches, Biceps – 14 inches
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Domestic & State Teams Bihar, Asia XI, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Jharkhand, Rising Pune Supergiants
Coach & Mentor Keshav Banerjee & Chanchal Bhattacharya
Batting Right-Handed
Bowling Right-Arm-Medium
Role Wicket-Keeper-Batter
Favorite Shots Helicopter Shot & Paddlesweep
Nature On Field Cool & Calm
Like To Play Against Pakistan & Australia
ODI Debut 23 December, 2004 vs Bangladesh at Chittagong
Last ODI 09 July, 2019 vs New Zeeland at Emirates Old Trafford
T20 Debut 01 December, 2006 vs South Africa at Johnsburg
Last T20 27 February, 2019 vs Australia at The Wanderers Stadium
Test Debut 02 December, 2005 vs Sri Lanka at Chennai
Last Test 26 December 2014 vs Australia at Melbourne City
International Retirement 15 August, 2020
Career Statics
Competition Test ODI T20I T20
Matches 90 350 98 361
Runs scored 4,876 10,773 1,617 7,167
Batting Average 38.09 50.53 37.60 38.12
100s/50s 6/23 10/73 0/2 0/28
Top Score 224 183* 56 84*
Balls Bowled 96 36 - 12
Wickets 0 1 - 0
Bowling Average - 31.00 - -
5 Wickets in Innings - 0 - -
10 Wickets in Match - 0 - -
Best Bowling - 1/14 - -
Catches/Stumping 256/38 321/123 57/34 207/84
Medal Record
Men's Cricket – Representing India
ODI World Cup Winner – 2011 India vs Sri Lanka, India Won By 6 Wicket – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
T20 World Cup Winner – 2007 India vs Pakistan (After the match ended in a tie, the winner was decided out of a bowl out. India won the bowl out and qualified for the Super 8s as a result of this match) - Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Runners-Up – Sri Lanka won the tournament, beating India by 6 wickets in the final - Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
ICC Champions Trophy Winner – 2013 England vs Wales, India Won By 5 Runs (As winners, India earned $2 million in prize money). Runners-Up – Pakistan won the competition for the first time with a 180-run victory over India in the final – The Oval Stadium, Kennington, London
Asia Cup Winner – 2010 India vs Sri Lanka, India won by 81 runs - Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, Sri Lanka Winner – 2016 Bangladesh vs India, India Won by 8 Wicket, Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh Winner – 2018 Bangladesh vs India, India Won by 3 Wicket, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Runner-Up – Sri Lanka won the tournament after beating India by 100 runs in the final - National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Net Worth – $127 million
Net Worth in INR ₹1070 Crores
Salary ₹50 Cr+
Monthly Income ₹4 Crore+

Records (Main Ones)

  • Under the Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy, Indian team won no. 1 Test ranking for 18 months (2009-2011), The ODI World Cup in 2011, Champions Trophy in 2013 & The T20 World Cup in 2007.
  • Most centuries at the position of no. 7 in ODI.
  • Most 6s in International Cricket as a captain.
  • Moat number of stumpings in International Cricket.
  • Highest score by a wicket-keeper batsman in ODI (183).
  • Won most T20 International matches a captain.
  • Most times bowled in International Cricket while playing a match as a wicket-keeper.
  • Only skipper to score an ODI century while batting at no. 7.
  • First Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score 4,000 test runs.
  • Highlight score by an Indian captain in tests (224).
  • 3rd skipper ever to have captained in 300+ international matches, after Ricky Pointing (324) and Stephen Fleming (303).
  • The only skipper to have captained 50+ matches in all 3 formats.
  • First Indian captain to win a test series in New Zeeland.
  • In July 2018, he made the record of maximum stampings in T20 International (33 Stumping in 91 Matches).

Turning Point

  • Performance in the 2003-04 tri-national tournament against Kenya & Pakistan, he scored 362 runs in 6 matches at an average of 72.40.

Territorial Army

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni holds Honorary Rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of Indian Territorial Army (106 Para TA Battalion).
  • The honorary rank was presented to him by the Indian Army in 2011 for his service to the nation as a cricketer.
  • Dhoni completing five parachute training jumps from Indian Army Aircraft in Agra training camp, after training he became a qualified paratrooper in 2015.
  • Dhoni completed his two-week stint with the Territorial Army in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019.

Dhoni’s Awards, Houmous, Achievements

National Honours

Sporting Honours

  • ICC ODI Player of the Year: – 2008 & 2009
  • ICC World ODI XI: – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (Captain in 2009, 2011-14).
  • Castrol Indian Cricket of the Year: – 2011
  • ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade: – 2011-2020 (Captain and Wicket-keeper).
  • ICC Spirit of the cricket award of the decade: – 2011-20

Other Achievements

  • MTV Youth Icon of the Year: – 2006
  • LG People’s Choice Award: – 2013
  • Honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University: – August 2011
  • CNN, News 18 India of the Year: – 2011
  • Jharkhand Cricket Association named their stadium’s South stand after Dhoni: – M.S. DHONI PAVILION in 2019.
  • Mumbai Cricket Association (MCS) Honours him by dedicating seats (J282-J286): – 2023 at Wankhede Stadium where he hit the winning shot in 2011 World Cup Final.

Some Interesting Facts About Mahendra Singh Dhoni

  • Does Mahi smoke? – No
  • Does Mahi Drink? – No
  • MS Dhoni used to work as TTE (Train Ticket Examiner) in Kharagpur railway station for 3 year, 2001 to 2003, before joining cricket (though he played as a senior for Bihar from 1999 to 2003, his consistent performance was ignored by East Zone selectors after he moved to West Bengal).
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni received India’s 3rd highest civilian award ‘Padma Bhushan’ from president of India Ram Nath Kovind. Dhoni made this prestigious moment even more special by wearing a military uniform and by marching pas the dignitaries present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • His family belongs to Lwali village located in Almora dist. Uttarakhand. His father Pan Singh shifted in Ranchi to work in a steel factory in 1970 and left the village.
  • Dhoni passed his 10th board exam with 66% & 12th board exam with 56-57%.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s real surname is ‘Dhauni’ not ‘Dhoni’. His surname was wrongly entered in the school certificates, which could not be rectified after multiple requests according to his uncle Ghanpath Singh Dhauni.
  • In 1993 he was first spotted as a goalkeeper by KR Banerjee, the cricket coach at his school, who later asked him to try his hand in wicket-keeping.
  • Dhoni always wanted to become a footballer. He was the goalkeeper in his school team. He also used to play. He was not much interested in cricket.
  • A movie has also been made on the life of MS Dhoni named MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. This movie was released on 30 September 2016. Sushant Singh Rajput played an important role in this, who has died.
  • Before becoming a cricketer, Dhoni had tried his hand at three jobs. He was the first ticket collector in Indian Railways. Then he worked in Air India and after that he also worked for some time in India Cement.
  • Dhoni has been very fond of bike racing. He has also bought a team in motor racing.
  • There is also a record of becoming the first sports person to name Para jump in Dhoni’s name. He had made a para jump from the Para Regiment of the Indian Army located in Agra. For this he had taken proper training. In this jump, he jumped from a height of 15 thousand feet.
  • During his high school, MS Dhoni was the goalkeeper of his high school football team.
  • MS Dhoni is the only Indian captain to have won all the three ICC championships such as T20 international world cup, 50-50 one day international world cup and champions trophy.
  • MS Dhoni holds the record for fastest stumping.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been very fond of Bollywood actor John Abraham’s long hair hairstyle. This is the reason why Dhoni used to have long hair in the beginning of his career.
  • After coming to Indian cricket, Mahi was recommended by cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to make him captain.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni has also become the richest cricketer. Dhoni was ranked 31st among the 100 richest athletes in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2012.
  • Dhoni had told in the interview – His friend Santosh Lal is behind the helicopter shot. Santosh passed away in 2013 due to a serious illness.
  • In 2022, when Dhoni was tryi8ng for a place in the Indian Team, he falls in love with a girl named Priyanka Jha. But unfortunately, Priyanka died in an accident in the same year.
  • In 2003 Sourav Ganguly approached him to move to Kolkata, but he denied the offer and went back to Bihar, where he went to the National Cricket Academy.
  • In 2004 his life took a turn when he got selected for India A tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya, where he performed exceptionally well.
  • Dhoni and his wife Sakshi knew each other since childhood. But their love ignited in winters of 2007 when they met in Kolkata through Yudhajit Dutta (Dhoni’s manager and friend). It was Dhoni who asked for her number from his manager, and when he later massaged her, she didn’t believe it initially. They dated each other for 3 year and got married in a low-profile ceremony in 2010.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the highest paid taxpayer sportsperson in India in 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • A hotel located in Ranchi named ‘Mahi Residency’ after Dhoni made it to the squad of the Indian national cricket team in 2004.
  • Dhoni is a pet lover and has 2 pet dogs, a Labrador named Zarah and an Alsatian named Sam.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni is bike love and is the co-owner of ‘Mahi Racing Team India’ in Super sport World Championship.
  • Mahi launched his fashion brand ‘Seven’ with Rhiti Group.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni confirmed he is not retiring from the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni said, “It’s not a question of retirement, it’s a question of how much I can contribute. I will continue to play as long as I can contribute and as long as the team wants me.”
  • Dhoni on 15 August, 2020 he announced his retirement from international cricket through an Instagram post.

On Dhoni’s retirement Sakshi Dhoni (Dhoni’s wife) shared an image “Welcome home ! @mahi7781 missing you …#transam” and video of a bright red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am on Instagram. Welcome the new addition to MS Dhoni’s enviable collection of cars.

  • On 2 February 2022, the poster of a graphic novel, Atharva – Origin, was released by Virzu Studios in association with MIDAS Deals Pvt Ltd. In this graphic novel, Dhoni has appeared as a superhero and warrior leader.
  • MS Dhoni has decided to hand over the leadership of Chennai Super Kings and picked Ravindra Jadeja to lead the team. Jadeja, who has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2012, will only be the third player to lead CSK on 24 March 2022. CSK in a statement on Thursday. In the news of The Hindu.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni production house is owned by both Dhoni and his wife Sakshi. The production house has produced small-scale films like ‘Roar of the Lion’, ‘Blaze to Glory’ and ‘The Hidden Hindu’. The film ‘The Roar of Lion’ is about the comeback of the Chennai Super Kings to the IPL after a two-year absence.
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